Swedish Liberal leader auctions shirt off his back to fight racism

The leader of Sweden's Liberal party put a blue shirt he wore throughout the campaign up for auction on election day Sunday, vowing to donate the money to an anti-racist magazine as the far-right was tipped to win record votes.

Swedish Liberal leader auctions shirt off his back to fight racism
“I have defended my view of a liberal society with rolled up shirtsleeves. My shirt has been with me in this fight,” Jan Björklund wrote in an advertisement on the Tradera auction site. 
“Number of debates: 12, Size: L (why would I choose S or M?), Colour: blue (the colour of freedom), Price: the highest bidder (I'm in favour of free trade),” Björklund wrote cheekily of the shirt he reportedly wore almost every day during the election campaign.
He said the money would be donated to the magazine “Expo, an organisation relentlessly fighting against the nauseating worldview of nationalism”.  
The gesture — a form of electioneering to any objective observer — is permissible in Sweden, where campaigning is allowed on election day.
The Liberal leader has been one of the most vocal voices against the Sweden Democrats, an anti-immigration party that is tipped to win around 20 percent of votes in Sunday's legislative elections. 
Founded in 1995 by Stieg Larsson, author of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” crime trilogy, and other anti-fascist activists, Expo runs a website and a magazine on far-right and neo-Nazi groups.


Swedish teachers fail on homework: study

Swedish teachers have been given poor marks for failing to use homework properly and are trailing Nordic neighbours Finland in the classroom according to a new study.

Swedish teachers fail on homework: study

The study revealed that Finnish teachers made better use of homework in the classroom setting. Sweden, Finland and Norway participated in the study where it was found that Finland put greater emphasis on homework that allowed pupils to mark and discuss their work in class.

However, students shouldn’t get too excited about the report’s findings as homework is here to stay according to Sweden’s Education Minister Jan Björklund.

“The solution is not to get rid of homework,” he told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper in reaction to the study.

In the report it states that Swedish teachers are using homework in an incorrect way by failing to follow it up adequately the next day. It was also suggested in the study that homework was sometimes used to fill in gaps when teachers were unable to teach during their classroom lessons.

“In Finland the homework activity in class is there to enhance learning which is a marked difference to Sweden and Norway,” said Liv Sissel Grønmo, a researcher at the University of Oslo.

Swedish teachers were given a poor grade for failing to follow up on mathematics homework in particular. Nine out of ten teachers in Finland who participated in the study were found to discuss maths homework regularly in class compared with just two in ten in Sweden.

“Homework is good when used properly but the problem is that it is often used as a way to make up for what they didn’t learn in class and that is wrong,” said Björklund.

He added that in order to solve the homework problem new directives are needed along with changes in the training of teachers.

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